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« on: January 14, 2015, 03:42:33 PM »
'I' Movie Review: 'Plot' Is Not Up To The Mark!
Rating: 2.5/5
After postponing the movie several times, Vikram's I  has finally made it to the silver screen. Touted to be a technically brilliant movie, I  was also one of the most expected Tamil film in recent times. So what has director Shankar come up with after Vijay's Nanban that was released in 2012? Continue reading our review to unlock the answers. To begin with, I has turned out to be a trend setter as promised. Be it visuals, action sequences, VFX and make-up, all these factors in the movie have surely taken Kollywood to the next level, thanks to outstanding visualization by Shankar and his technicians to bring the director's dream alive on-screen. Having said that, I  is a simple story of revenge and that's what makes the film fall flat amidst all that glitz and glamour.
 The opening shot depicts a hunchback(Vikram) who kidnaps Diya(Amy Jackson) and locks her up in an isolated place. The movie then narrates the story of Lingesan, played by Vikram, an aspiring body builder who strives to become Mr. Tamil Nadu to subsequently become Mr. India. When Lingesan gets an opportunity to meet Diya, a famous model he instantly falls for her but doesn't express his love instead he introduces himself to Diya as her fan. Meanwhile, John(Upen Patel) who is Diya's colleague, asks her for sexual favors. When Diya refuses, he blacklists her from the modelling industry by bringing in a new model. Without any other option, Diya approaches Lingesan and asks him to become a model in an attempt to replace John. Diya along with her superior convinces their boss(Ramkumar) to try a new model for their new product. Lingesan(Lee) becomes an instant attraction in the modelling world but also accumulates unwanted enemies on the way to his stardom. There is John who is waiting for a vengeance, Ravi(body builder) who is pinned down by Lingesan in a body building competition, a transsexual make up artist whose 'love' is turned down by Lee and his boss who incurs huge loss because of Lee's innocence.  Gradually, Diya too falls for Lee and the two make plans for their future which promises to be ever so colorful. In an interesting twist, things go horribly wrong as all that colour and glitz are forcibly extracted from Vikram's life. But not everything is lost for the antagonist, what he does to regain something similar to his lost dream forms the rest of the movie.
Vikram excels throughout the movie and his years of dedication just to make the movie that much more interesting is apparent. Amy Jackson's performance is amateurish and one might feel that she should've done much more justice to her role, which is very much a part of the movie unlike many other Tamil movies. Suresh Gopi and Ramkumar's acting skills are utilized well while Upen Patel could've showcased emotions far more realistically for the role demands it.
As disclosed earlier, I   is a technically brilliant movie. While all VFX used are executed almost perfectly, Vikram's stunt double used in the cycle fight sequence is a tad too revealing. PC Sreeram's camera work supporting such graphics stands out and has an international appeal to it. AR Rahman's background score will definitely add accolades to his never ending list of awards. His BGM stands out as it converts an usual scene into an interesting one. T Muthuraj as an art director might receive many awards for I in the near future. Anthony's editing could've been way more crispier. Shankar's screenplay is interesting as it is a new attempt. But he fails to make the first half gripping as the story he has chosen for one of the most expected movie is week. Screenplay in the second half gets better but it also makes the audience to easily guess the remaining story. This movie also reminds you of Anniyan when the lead actor executes his punishment(revenge) in an unusual fashion.
Overall View:
 For a movie which had so much of anticipation, I doesn't feed its audience enough to fulfill their expectations. The story is plain and doesn't look like a normal Shankar movie which would otherwise have interesting twists and turns

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2015, 03:47:56 PM »
Review : ‘I’ – Misses the Target Rating : 2.75/5
Shankar is one film maker in India whose films are eagerly awaited all over. His latest presentation is ‘I’ which has the National Award wining actor Vikram in a lead role. After all the hype and hysteria, this film has finally hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Lingesh(Vikram) is an upcoming body builder who is deeply and madly in love with an actress named Diya(Amy Jackson). One fine day, Diya approaches him to act in an Ad film with her. She gets him the necessary make over, and in the process of the shoot, the couple fall in love with each other.
Twist in the tale arises when Diya’s professional enemies run down a deadly virus into Lingesh’s body which turns his life upside down. Rest of the story is as to how an diseased Lingesh takes revenge on those who made his life an living hell.
Plus Points:-
Vikram is undoubtedly one of the biggest assets of the film. The efforts that he has put in for his role are clearly visible on screen. He is outstanding in his body builder’s character, and pushes the edge with his appearance and acting as the weird looking guy. The way he has showcased pain and grief even though he is covered up with heavy make up is wonderful.
Amy Jackson is apt in her role and looks gorgeous. Visuals in the film are top notch, and the credit should definitely go to Shankar for thinking something different and in a grand scale. All the songs have been shot well and production values are superb.
Make up done for Vikram is of international standard and elevates his character to another level. While the first half has decent entertainment, the second half is emotional. Upen Patel does well in his negative role, and so are Santhanam and Suresh Gopi.
Minus Points:-
Too much of hype and expectations spoil the outcome of this film a bit. Shankar has raised the bar so high with his previous films that sadly, I does not meet those expectations. No where in the film you get a feel that it is a Shankar film. He adds unnecessary elements and drags the film in many places.
Last fifteen minutes of the first half are below par, and the love story showcased during this part is boring. The movies moves back and forth in time, and the screenplay during this part takes a severe beating. May be for the first time in his career, Shankar has misplaced songs in the narrative.
Yet another major drawback is the excessive length of the film. A lot of scenes and fights could have easily been trimmed. Once the twist is revealed in the second half, the movie gets predictable.
Technical Aspects:-
‘I’ is a brilliant film technically. A R Rahman’s music is outstanding and so is the background score. As said earlier, the make up and prosthetics used for Vikram’s character are mind blowing. P C Sreeram’s camerawork is stunning and gives the film an international feel. All the episodes that are shot in China look beautiful.
The sets designed and scale of the movie is up to Shankar’s standard. Telugu dubbing is decent and so are the dialogues. Screenplay by Shanakar lacks focus in many areas as you do not get attached to film emotionally. The way Vikram’s character goes about taking revenge on the bad guys in the first half has been hurried up and is unclear.
On the whole, I is surely Shankar’s weakest film till date. Excessive length and lack of emotional connect are basic drawbacks. But keeping the festival season in mind, and Shankar’s grand visuals added with Vikram’s mind blowing performance, this film can be given a shot. Only thing you need to do is go in without any expectations whatsoever.


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